|Ottawa Citizen 16 July 1986|
Freight train derails in bush
ALGONQUIN PARK - An eastbound Canadian National freight train went off the tracks in the dense bush of this wilderness park Monday, but no one was injured and no hazardous chemicals were spilled.
Eleven of the train's 85 cars left the. tracks about two kilometres west of Achray Station, near the east end of the park, just before 8 p.m.
The cause of the derailment hasn't been established. A team of CN officials on the scene Tuesday were expected to conclude their investigation Tuesday.
CN spokesman Louise Filion said the train was not carrying any chemicals and none of the four crew members was injured.
The 20th to 30th cars from the caboose went off the tracks and over the sidings, landing on both sides of the track.
Filion was unable to estimate the damage.
The line is expected to be closed until about 6 p.m. today while a mobile crane and cleanup crew replace the cars on the line.
Filion didn't know exactly what the 11 derailed cars contained but company notes indicate they were carrying "general goods" that presented no environmental or health hazards.
The eastbound freight was travelling from Edmonton to Montreal at about 50 km an hour at the time.
See also Branchline, September 1986, page 16,